The New Reciprocal Links Program

Could you imagine wanting to get your blog indexed in a custom search engine of blogs that allow their comments links to pass PageRank? What would that do to your average comment quality, or your ability to trust commenters? Or am I just too pragmatic and cynical?

Published: July 28, 2007 by Aaron Wall in marketing


July 28, 2007 - 12:18pm

I don't have a problem with it in general. It might be a good idea.


If you're going to make and distribute a list like that, you should be on it as well.

The dude creates a list of yesfollow blogs but uses nofollow on his own blog? He makes himself look like a hypocrite.

July 28, 2007 - 12:20pm

seo world is driving me nuts

July 28, 2007 - 12:22pm

I think thats kind of spammy if you ask me, plus your name won't be in the anchor text, I mean I could understand buying contextual link, but comments lol where are they going with this, but hey whatever.

July 28, 2007 - 3:22pm

Is there any real evidence that comment links help rankings? Seems logical but just curious.

July 28, 2007 - 3:33pm

Hi Aaron,

Just curious if you read the blog post or scan read it?

It wasn't created for people to add their own blogs and it certainly wasn't created for spam.

I think it's mutually beneficial. It allows me to find blogs about my niche or business, which I can subscribe to - however these blogs are also going to be beneficial to SEO.

I'm afraid that comment quality falls with attrition anyway. The comments for instance on this blog are of very low quality when compared to Blhe Hat SEO.

July 28, 2007 - 3:46pm

Hawaii SEO:

Yes, I probably should get around to doing that :)

July 28, 2007 - 3:51pm

tyler dewitt:

"I think thats kind of spammy if you ask me, plus your name won't be in the anchor text"

..and I suppose "Hawaii SEO" is the name he was given at birth?

July 28, 2007 - 5:57pm

Comment links do seem to help with rankings as everyone promotes it as a legitimate SEO practice for 1 way linking.

July 28, 2007 - 5:59pm

A bit otp but here in Sweden a blog service exists which have both a free version and a paid one.

The free version show Adsense which the service get the money for. They still use search friendly links in the URL-field for the commenters blog.

Few blog have so much comments and I wonder if they have keept the search friendly links to drive more traffic and hence get more Adsense revenue.

Fun is that the blogs at the domain at a general rule rank much worse compared to for example and Google Blogger. Also I have noted that if some blogger write about some news in a net newspaper the links isnt worth much compared to other blogs at other domains.

July 28, 2007 - 6:27pm

Give it a week. Someone is bound to mess it all up! :)

July 28, 2007 - 7:17pm

I really like the list and will not be using it to spam. It gives me a list of blogs listed by category that I can easily search out the blogs that are of interest to me. By subscribing and participating in the blog, I am benefiting the blog owner and if I post an occasional comment, maybe I can get some benefit as well.

It is win - win as far as I am concerned.

July 28, 2007 - 11:38pm

Mark: True, but there is better technique then using that, thats just not something I would recommended to any company that contacts me for consulting, nor would I use that technique on client sites.

Just my opinion I have my own trades :)

July 29, 2007 - 1:44am

fact is link ....if i get it then i dont need to think anything...actually when u coment in a blog u r helping the blogger for his content management which gives uniqueness of the blog ,so u can expect return if blogger close the way by any tricky way then u can also make tricks ......thanks for this tools which will help lots of seo i think........

July 29, 2007 - 4:23pm

Hi Tyler,

It's just another technique to add to the shelf.. If you can find a PR 6 blog on topic, with a "recent commenters" list, you've basically got a permanent PR6 link to your website, from a relevant source, with chosen anchor text - surrounded by other on-topic text.

It doesn't get much better than that..

July 30, 2007 - 5:27am

On some blogs one can reach a point of diminishing returns rather quickly though. The more comments there are, the less each comments' links will contribute PageRank.

It can easily be the case that a comment link from a high PageRank site could end up of lower value than a comment link on a lower PageRank lesser trafficked site.

Moral of the story, go help out and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the "B" and "C" rank blogs as you both will come out ahead. ;-)

July 30, 2007 - 9:03am

I wouldn't want mine on that list.

July 30, 2007 - 2:38pm


Interesting point, however I would argue that the more comments = the more popular the blog therefore PR should scale to this...

Also, there is the authority/relevance factor which far outweighs the PR benefit. As long as the page with the link is indexed and your link is sucked up, that's all that matters form an SEO POV.

July 30, 2007 - 3:45pm

A list / index like this isn't inherently bad; it all depends on the guy holding this gun.

July 30, 2007 - 5:55pm

I cannot think of a faster way to get these blogs to all add nofollows than posting this list.

July 30, 2007 - 6:47pm

Could you imagine wanting to get your blog indexed in a custom search engine of blogs that allow their comments links to pass PageRank

Hell yeah! I'd use Suomminen plugin to keep comments a couple of weeks on nofollow (eg, removing nofollow automatically after 3 weeks), and after on month I'd disable the plugin - getting along a crowd of dedicated commenters willing to ad up to the value of my blog (or otherwise they could be found spamming ;) ). If I only had and english language blog...

August 2, 2007 - 9:45pm

I was on the list and got spammed constantly with junk comments. I have multiple blogs, so you could see the person following the list, because I'd get their emails in perfect order. I asked them to remove me, because it just wasn't worth it! I thought, reward the person for taking worked into "take advantage" and just follow the list

CVOS Netpaths
August 5, 2007 - 4:44am

As of this posting, his blog uses nofollow tags on comments. The owner may still be worried about attracting the right comments on his blog, while hand delivering a list of other peoples blogs for marketers to manipulate.

December 4, 2007 - 5:06am

It's pretty simple to have someone review the inbound posts and filter for spam or abuse, therefore not needing to apply NOFOLLOW to links. I guess that some people want to take take take and not give. Such is the nature of life.

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